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On the one hand, Halloween brings about a great many scary video games that might as well be nightmare fuel for the jump scares they induce. On the other, the festival serves as inspiration, leading gamers of all ages to embody their inner cosplayers.

This Halloween, combine your passion for gaming and cosplay by dressing up like your favorite video game characters. Find some new inspiration in the all-new Ape Battle by ApeOdyssey.

Alternatively, consider the tried and true games that have been a fantastic source of inspiration for epic Halloween costumes.

1. Scorpion from Mortal Kombat

No gaming-inspired Halloween ensemble would be complete without a character from Mortal Kombat. Scorpion, the infernal ninja with a skull-like visage and a penchant for spear-throwing, is among the most iconic figures in the franchise.

To embody Scorpion, buy or sew yourself a black ninja costume with a yellow cloak and belt. Fashion or purchase a mask resembling Scorpion's signature skull face, and make sure to wield a spear—the prop, not the real thing—to perfect the look.

Throw around phrases like "Get over here!" and "Finish him!" to truly sound like him.

2. Ellie and Joel from The Last of Us

In the wake of the highly successful HBO adaptation, The Last of Us costumes are poised to be a hit choice for Halloween. These two iconic video game characters, Ellie and Joel, offer fantastic costume opportunities, especially if you're considering a couple's ensemble.


To embody Ellie's character:

1.Start with her trademark red shirt layered over a long-sleeved black undershirt.

2.Pair this with a pair of jeans and comfortable sneakers.

3.Don't forget to sling a backpack over your shoulder.

For the finishing touch, style your hair into Ellie's signature ponytail. If you’re feeling adventurous, add some grime to your outfit and maybe even a fake zombie bite for that extra authenticity.


For Joel's rugged appearance, you'll need to grow some facial hair or get a fake beard. Dress in a dirty, worn button-up shirt, dark jeans, and, of course, a backpack.

To complete the ensemble, carry a fake gun or knife as props to add an extra layer of detail to your costume.

Are you planning to roam the post-apocalyptic wastelands or attend a Halloween party? These costumes are bound to be a hit with fellow gamers who appreciate the attention to detail in capturing the essence of this beloved video game duo.

3. Leon Scott Kennedy from Resident Evil 4

A handsome man dressed as Resident Evil 4 game character Leon Scott Kennedy, staring forward intently, with ruins and lights behind him.

Resident Evil 4 re-evoked the near-universal admiration for Leon S. Kennedy. However, its predecessor, Resident Evil 2, was when the gaming community truly got its first glimpse of the memorable character. This Halloween, channel your inner special agent with a Leon-inspired costume.

To look like him, you'll need a black leather jacket, a white shirt, dark pants, and a tactical belt. Add a fake Raccoon Police Department badge to your jacket for authenticity. Style your hair in a slicked-back manner like the character.

Complete your transformation with a toy handgun and a replica of the Attache Case, filled with herbs and ammo—the usual gaming fare.

4. Link from The Legend of Zelda

A young boy dressed as Legend of Zelda character Link, sitting among pumpkins and lights in the dark woods.

The Legend of Zelda franchise has captured the hearts of gamers for generations. Link's green tunic and iconic cap are instantly recognizable, even to casual gamers.

You can replicate the timeless Link from Ocarina of Time, the adventurous Link from Breath of the Wild, or any other iteration with a green tunic, a pointed hat, and a toy sword and shield. For the latter half of the costume, acquire a Hylian shield and master sword to ensure authenticity.

5. Mario and Luigi from Super Mario

You don’t have to be a gamer to know Super Mario or its iconic characters, Mario, Luigi, or anyone else from the Mushroom Kingdom, for that matter. Like many gaming characters, the popularity of Mario and Luigi has spilled over into the mainstream, spreading beyond the gaming community.

Keep things simple by getting the signature green or red top and wearing it under some denim dungarees. You can easily pin and print their letter logo to your outfit or hat if the outfit is a last-minute ditch effort.

If you have time to spare, look around for the funny, gravity-defying mustache that sets the plumbers apart from the rest.

6. Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

A young woman dressed as Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, holstered and look ahead intently, a fiery scene behind her.

Who doesn’t know Lara Croft? That should be the question in this case. Everyone since the mid-1990s onwards has at least heard the name in passing. Now is their—or your chance—to try the look for yourself.

Croft has been the main protagonist of the Tomb Raider franchise for decades at this point, so you bet she’s undergone her fair share of wardrobe changes.

You could resemble any of her iterations as long as you get the basics right. Start with the stretchy short shorts and a racer back tank top. Once you have those in the bag, get a leg holster, a pair of finger less gloves, calf-length motorcycle boots, and a belt to match the shorts.

For the finishing touches, tie your hair in a low-slung ponytail and give it a good wiggle for the signature disheveled appearance. Grab a bow and arrow, and you’re ready to rumble!

Celebrate Halloween As Your Favorite Gaming Character

Cosplaying as your favorite gaming character can add a kick to your Halloween celebrations. Immerse yourself in the world of gaming as you become your chosen character for the night.

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